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Date: September 26, 2012 06:23PM
KILLEEN, Texas (Reuters) - A Fort Hood soldier who shot dead a fellow soldier
in an ill-fated attempt to cure him of the hiccups has been charged with
manslaughter, authorities said on Wednesday.
The incident occurred when Private First Class Isaac Lawrence Young, 22, came
down with a case of the hiccups while the soldiers were watching a football game
on television Sunday night in Killeen, Texas, home to the military post.
In an attempt to scare the hiccups out of his friend, Private First Class
Patrick Edward Myers, 27, pointed a handgun at Young and fired once, according
to an arrest affidavit. A bullet struck Young in his eye.
Police said Myers admitted to shooting Young, and told responders on the scene
the shooting was an accident. Myers said he thought he had loaded the gun with
dummy rounds, according to police.
The soldiers had been drinking, police said.
Young later died in an ambulance, according to Killeen Police spokesperson
Carroll Smith. She said the investigation into the shooting was ongoing.
Myers was charged with manslaughter and is being held on $1 million bond.